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Prepare to Avoid Peak
Season Soil Sampling Fee

The North Carolina legislature has approved a new rule, specific to soil testing, that affects farmers and other clients. According to SESSION LAW 2013-360 SENATE BILL 402 there will be $4 fee for all soil samples processed by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division during its busiest season: December through March. There will still be no fee from April through November. Rationale: * To improve lab efficiency by encouraging more growers to sample early, thereby fostering a more balanced sample load throughout the year * To enhance sustainability of the soil-testing program by generating receipts that will be earmarked for lab improvements, such as automated equipment, additional peak-season personnel and computer-programming enhancements [The draft 2013 Appropriations Act ensures that receipts generated by the new fee will be appropriated to NCDA&CS for this purpose for FY 2014 and 2015.] NOTE: This year, December 1st falls on a Sunday and is preceded by the Thanksgiving holidays. Wednesday, November 27th, will be the last business day of the month for the soil testing lab. Any soil samples arriving after 6 p.m. on November 27th will be subject to the peak-season fee because they will not be logged in and processed until December 2nd. Sample drop offs must take place during business hours (6 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri.). A locked gate will prevent access to the loading dock area after hours and on weekends. This change will help increase the security of samples and improve customers’ access to Agronomic Division personnel. Payment should not be placed inside shippers. By late Fall 2013, clients will have the convenience of entering sample and payment (credit card or escrow account) information online in the PALS website. Cash and checks will be accepted for peak-season samples only if deposited in advance in an escrow account. The above information was provided by NCDA&CS Beat the rush! October and November are very good months for submitting soil samples.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Prepare to Avoid Peak
Season Soil Sampling Fee

The North Carolina legislature has approved a new rule, specific to soil testing, that affects farmers and other clients. According to SESSION LAW 2013-360 SENATE BILL 402 there will be $4 fee for all soil samples processed by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division during its busiest season: December through March. There will still be no fee from April through November. Rationale: * To improve lab efficiency by encouraging more growers to sample early, thereby fostering a more balanced sample load throughout the year * To enhance sustainability of the soil-testing program by generating receipts that will be earmarked for lab improvements, such as automated equipment, additional peak-season personnel and computer-programming enhancements [The draft 2013 Appropriations Act ensures that receipts generated by the new fee will be appropriated to NCDA&CS for this purpose for FY 2014 and 2015.] NOTE: This year, December 1st falls on a Sunday and is preceded by the Thanksgiving holidays. Wednesday, November 27th, will be the last business day of the month for the soil testing lab. Any soil samples arriving after 6 p.m. on November 27th will be subject to the peak-season fee because they will not be logged in and processed until December 2nd. Sample drop offs must take place during business hours (6 a.m.–6 p.m., Mon.–Fri.). A locked gate will prevent access to the loading dock area after hours and on weekends. This change will help increase the security of samples and improve customers’ access to Agronomic Division personnel. Payment should not be placed inside shippers. By late Fall 2013, clients will have the convenience of entering sample and payment (credit card or escrow account) information online in the PALS website. Cash and checks will be accepted for peak-season samples only if deposited in advance in an escrow account. The above information was provided by NCDA&CS Beat the rush! October and November are very good months for submitting soil samples.

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High Country Regional
Cattle Conference - October 10, 2016

The High Country Regional Cattle Conference will be held on October 10, 2016. RSVP to 336-846-5850 by October 3.  See the brochure for additional details.

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Touchdown for Kids -
October 1, 2016

Ashe County Children's Trust Endowment fundraiser will be on Saturday Octpber 1 from 7pm until 12am at the Jefferson Landing Pub. See the brochure for additional details.

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Touchdown for KidsSat Oct 1, 2016 -
Sun Oct 2, 2016 Where:
Jefferson Landing Pub
— 6 days away
High Country Regional Cattle Conference Mon Oct 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Ashe Family Central, 626 Ashe Central School Road, Jefferson, NC 28640
— 2 weeks away
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8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Where:
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— 3 weeks away
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